For Dr. Steve Broman, Healthy Victories Involve Teamwork
Of the many Colorado State University sports enthusiasts throughout Northern Colorado and beyond, few are as “Forever-Green” as Dr. Steve Broman—longtime family physician at Associates in Family Medicine and fervent fan of the Fort Collins home team.
“I am probably the biggest sports freak at AFM,” he laughs. “I’ve had CSU football and men’s basketball season tickets since 1991. And during the last two years, I’ve added volleyball and women’s basketball season tickets to the mix for a complete sweep of all major CSU sports.”
Staunch supporters of the stalwart Rams since the family’s move to Northern Colorado, Steve and his wife have been members of the Ram Club since the early 1990s, and today, they also hold memberships in both the Roundball and Touchdown Clubs.
“It’s really fun getting to know the coaches on a first-name basis, building friendships, and supporting the athletes,” he shares. For him, the camaraderie and community formed among fellow fans—all united in support of the “Knights of the Green and Gold”—is the real prize behind CSU pride.
Considering his love of sports and his even deeper love of people, it’s not surprising that Steve’s passion for medicine is driven by a pursuit of real, lasting relationships and a sense of true teamwork with the patients he serves. “My favorite part of what I do is getting to know patients personally and sharing in their life experiences,” he says decidedly. “The relationships you build over time as a family doctor are just wonderful. I’ve known some patients for over a quarter of a century, so it’s no wonder a lot of my patients end up being my close friends.”
Throughout his past 27 years at AFM, he has certainly had ample opportunity to go the distance with patients and their families—from delivering babies to visiting hospice patients and being there during all the stages in-between. “I really enjoy the challenge of matching up a patient’s reality with my expectations as a provider,” he says. “It’s all about helping people toward goals that are attainable and beneficial for their specific situation and lifestyle.”
“The relationships you build over time as a family doctor are just wonderful. I’ve known some patients for over a quarter of a century, so it’s no wonder a lot of my patients end up being my close friends.”
By meeting patients where they are and cheering them on through their individual needs, struggles, and victories, Steve creates a level playing field that empowers patients of all ages to do, and be, their best. “I think the whole process is one of cooperation and advising,” he confirms. “I see myself more as an advisor as opposed to a lecturer that tells patients how they need to lead their lives.”
As he coaches patients toward healthy wins, he leads by example—staying active and using his many life experiences to encourage and motivate patients on to the goal. From his early service in the National Health Services Corps to his 16 years as a traveling doctor for the USA Wrestling team (not to mention his three years as a U.S. Veterans Class E National wrestling champ), Steve pulls from lessons learned in his own life to show patients the importance of staying in the game.
In addition to his family practice at AFM, Steve’s greatest sources of pride and joy are his wife Donnis of over 40 years, his three grown children Erik, Alia, and Hans, and his two beautiful granddaughters Ginny and Bella. And while his commitments to patients and family undeniably surpass his diehard devotion to age-old Aggie traditions, he’ll gladly break into the CSU Fight Song (or even the notorious “Fum’s Song”) upon request.